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Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976

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The openness and vulnerability within Jerry Garcia's singing voice is an often-overlooked virtue among all the others for which he's distinguished, including his ever-so-precise (acoustic and electric) guitar playing as well as his songwriting collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter. Nevertheless, those vocal qualities also resonate in the best of his solo work and Garcia Live Volume Seven is a prime example. A palpable sense of comfort radiates from this show, recorded at Sophie's in Palo Alto in November ...

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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

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A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry in the solo discography of guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Jerry Garcia. Rare choices of song, such as “She's Got Charisma," suggest an expansive approach to ...

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Jerry Garcia: Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987

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The deliciously relaxed air of the music on these three discs belies the precision in the musicianship as much as it does the operations necessary for a two week run on a Broadway theater. And all this attention to detail, well-served as it is, gives the lie to the moment of serendipity from which it sprung:an offhanded, good=humored exchange between Jerry Garcia and late impresario Bill Graham. Dennis McNally's perceptive recounting of the experience in New York at ...

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Garcia Live Volume Five: Keystone Berkeley December 31, 1975

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Garcia Live Volume Five begins appropriately and propitiously enough as the band slowly, inexorably coalesces around the changes of chuck Berry's “Let It Rock," weaving an insinuating rhythm and melody mix that becomes proportionately more dramatic as the leader of the band begins to sing, seeming off-mike (or perhaps he's just not turned up?), at which point the quartet drops confidently into the pocket of the groove they've only suggested to that point. John Kahn's bass pops and pulses emphatically ...

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The Jerry Garcia Band: The Jerry Garcia Band: Let It Rock

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Jerry Garcia never officially announced he was embarking on a solo career apart from the Grateful Dead, the band for which he served as titular leader during its entire existence. Moved by the restless work ethic of the truly professional musician, the guitarist/vocalist/composer began working with a group dubbed Legion of Mary in 1975. Only after realigning that personnel over the next year did his unit became The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB).

This two-CD recording from shows at Keystone Berkeley ...

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Jerry Garcia Band: Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia Band - Bay Area 1978

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Bereft of extensive historical content (or tchotchkes such as the guitar picks that were included in previous Pure Jerry titles) this double-disc composite of four 1978 shows makes a statement solely through the music. Everyone involved in the Jerry Garcia Band lineup, including its prestigious leader, sounds deeply immersed in the group camaraderie which, in turn, enhances the live experience for the audience and the performer.

The opening “Mystery Train" is a great example of how deeply Garcia is enjoying ...

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Jerry Garcia: Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2/28/86

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The Pure Jerry series of Jerry Garcia archive releases was on hiatus of sorts while The Grateful Dead's business agreement with the Rhino label was fully implemented. This single disc recording from February of 1986 reopens the archives and features the titular leader of the rock icons in top form as he partners with bassist John Kahn.

The guitarist/songwriter/singer developed one of his most stable and abiding musical relationships with Kahn over the years and they've been featured together in ...


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